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Towngas Achieves Greater Agility with IBM FlashSystem

Founded in 1862, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited (Towngas) was the first public utility, and is one of the largest energy suppliers in Hong Kong.

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“We are extremely happy with the new storage environment, which comprised IBM FlashSystem V9000 and Storwise V7000. It supports our vigorous growth and gives us peace of mind at the same time,” [Susanna Shen, Head of Corporate IT, Towngas]

IBM FlashSystem success stories:

Retail. Reduce batch processes by half. Provide prompt delivery of precise daily reports. Minimise the risk of batch processes impacting your operations. Ensure all branches warehouses and online stores run smoothly.

Retail and Logistics. 80% improvement on warehouse management system. 59% processing time for batch jobs. A lower cost per TB of Flash Storage in the long run. 50% ROI improvement.

Insurance. Reduction in staff overtime costs, physical space, hardware and software costs, maintenance and energy. Save on application performance tuning costs. 157% CPU utilisation – avoiding extra license costs. Zero effect on next-business-day operations. 60% reduction on batch job processing times. Increased performance of core processes – supporting 2,700 financial consultants.

Casino. 250% better response time than Pure Disk Solution. 4x performance improvement on their gambling system. 80% savings on Operation Costs. 2x improvement for critical batch job processes.

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Ageas - ranks one of the largest life insurance companies in Hong Kong

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Ping An Insurance - a holding company whose subsidiaries mainly deal with insurance and financial services

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The Beauty of IBM Flash

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IBM FlashSystem for Charles, the CEO

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IBM FlashSystem for Tony, the Operations Manager

Data Manager

For efficient management and business success, your business needs to make sense of the unstructured data coming from various sources of new applications. Stay on top of your IT infrastructure with a simple and flexible high-performance data management solution.

Understand how IBM Spectrum Scale can improve the management of your data:

IBM Spectrum Scale Data Manager. Performance Improvement Up to 10 Times Better performance on the same hardware. Simple Data + File Management flexible and scalable to manage new data types (file and object) locally and globally.

According to IDC, 60% of firms are committed to a software-defined storage approach. Learn more from the IDC Analyst Video: Meeting Industry Needs for Software-Defined Storage (02:41)

File and Object Storage for Dummies

Data Storage Solutions

Data: the foundation of cognitive business

The world is awash in oceans of data. Structured or unstructured, generated internally or created by others, stored in the data centre or the cloud, data is the cornerstone of cognitive business. Leveraging vast quantities of data to uncover patterns and pursue breakthrough ideas, a cognitive business can elevate expertise, speed time to market, improve processes and enhance decision-making.

Infusing cognitive into your business requires you to collect and curate the right data. IBM storage solutions enable the data infrastructure needed to efficiently capture, deliver, manage and protect data with superior performance and economics. Optimising data storage with IBM allows your business to access the right data at the right time, providing the data foundation to propel your organisation into the cognitive era with confidence

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Transform information technology into business innovation

IBM FlashSystem all-flash storage platforms are engineered to address the most demanding performance, reliability, data economics, and software-defined storage requirements.

Simply efficient. Simply reliable. Simply fast. Move your business into the Cognitive Era with IBM FlashSystem.

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Protect your existing storage investment with a powerful and cost-effective hybrid storage solution

Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualise software, the IBM Storwize family provides market-leading value, performance, and unique virtualisation capabilities

Storwize solutions achieve up to 5:1 data compression ratios, maximizing storage utilisation and reducing future storage needs.

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Industry-leading flexibility and cost efficiency

IBM Spectrum Storage Suite provides unlimited access to all members of the IBM Spectrum Storage software family with licensing on a flat, cost-per-terabyte basis. This makes pricing easy to understand and predictable as capacity grows.

The suite is structured specifically to meet changing storage needs. It is ideal for organisations just starting out with software-defined storage as well as those with established infrastructures who need to expand their capabilities.

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Deploy and scale applications faster with integrated infrastructure

VersaStack is an integrated infrastructure of compute, storage, networking and management.

Enjoy 84% reduced provisioning times, 62% lower infrastructure cost and boost productivity while shrinking data centre footprint.

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Boost performance and avoid data loss with hybrid storage systems

The next generation IBM DS8880 storage speeds application response up to 2 times.

You gain continuous access to data and applications with 24x7 availability.

Integration with IBM z Systems and IBM Power Systems enables your data centre for analytics and cloud environments.

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Get cost-effective storage for the cloud

IBM Tape Solutions are designed to improve the efficiency of cloud and big data storage.

If you are concerned about the costs of long term storage, then IBM Tape is your answer.

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Woody Hutsell

Manager, FlashSystem Portfolio Strategy & Enablement

Woody Hutsell Woody Hutsell brings more than 20 years of IT experience to IBM. He joined the company from Fusion-io, where he worked as the Senior Director of Product Management responsible for software appliances. Mr. Hutsell spent 10 years at Texas Memory Systems, where he ultimately held the positions of President and Board Member. He also worked for eight years at Deloitte Consulting occupying various IT consulting roles. Mr. Hutsell holds an MBA from the University of Texas in Information Technology.

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Richard Swain

Mid-Atlantic Storage Team Lead Engineer

Richard Swain Richard works on promoting NAS technology at IBM. From working with customers to speaking engagements, Richard is always helping match technology with future needs. He has worked for 14 in the IT business and has touched every part of the business from networking, databases, application development, and management. Currently he is working on promoting the SONAS product and working in the Research Triangle Park area as a storage systems engineer.

Richard’s Blog: The Storage Tank 

The Storage Tank is written by Richard Swain and is an independent blog featuring storage products for small/medium business up to the large enterprise. There are so many choices when it comes to deciding on what kind of storage you should put in your environment. For the most part the parts are all the same, it’s how they are put together and the software that makes them work.

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Tony Pearson

Master Inventor and Senior Consulting IT Specialist

Tony Pearson Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor and Senior IT Specialist for the IBM System Storage product line at the IBM Executive Briefing Centre (US) in Tucson Arizona, and featured contributor to IBM's developerWorks. In 2011, Tony celebrated his 25th year anniversary with IBM Storage on the same day as the IBM's Centennial (US) . He is author of the Inside System Storage series of books .

Tony’s Blog: Inside System Storage

This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to storage and storage networking hardware, software and services.

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Elisabeth Stahl

Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing

Elisabeth Stahl Elisabeth Stahl is Chief Technical Strategist, Performance Marketing for the IBM Systems and Technology Group and has been working in systems performance for over 25 years.

Elisabeth's blog – benchmarkingblog

This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to systems performance and benchmarking. You can also find her on the IBM developerWorks blog - Benchmarking and systems performance

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Brian Sherman

Distinguished Engineer – Americas Storage ATS

Brian Sherman Brian Sherman is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM. Brian has over twenty seven years experience as an I/T Specialist since joining IBM from McMaster University in 1985 with a Mathematics and Computer Science Degree. Brian has worked directly with customers in various storage related roles covering level 2 software support, implementation services, Systems Engineer and Advanced Technical Support. Brian has extensive understanding of storage related industry trends and emerging technologies. He currently provides Storage Hardware and Software technical sales, support and competitive responsibility across the Americas as part of the GMU and Americas Advanced Technical Support (ATS) organisation. Brian also develops and provides World Wide technical education on new Storage Hardware and Software product launches and participates on several Storage Product Development Teams. Brian authors several storage best practices white papers and is a regular contributor to IBM Redbooks.

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